Bustin makes a longboard for just about every style of riding, but our roots are deep in that NY PUSH. I was back in NYC last week for an annual dose of NYC Push Culture and to hang out with Team Bustin at the kick-off of our FOR ALL WHO PUSH tour along the East Coast and into the Midwest. I learned that NY PUSH is EXACTLY what it used to be, and that got me fucking STOKED!
Bustin Boards NYC
Before Burning Spider Stokle Company was a shop, we founded a group on Facebook to service the local community. At the time we called it Burning Spider, but as more riders where found out about the group we wanted to make it easier for locals to find, so we changed the name to Kansas City Longboard Community. Now at 700+ riders it is a pretty rad place to talk skateboards and keep as many of the locals informed of what is going on. Kansas City itself covers a huge 316 Square mile area with skating varying from skateparks, to short steep technical .25 mile to 1 mile long downhill runs right in the middle of the city, to nature trails like the Indian Creek Trail that stretches 25.5 miles currently (more gets added on every year), and is host to many group distance pushes.
As the community solidified and grew we needed a place to get our longboard equipment. None of the local shops carried the depth of product and knowledge that a varied terrain city needed. We had a couple of corporate stores, and a dedicated street skate shop that wasn’t super stoked on ordering longboard gear. So we have moved to a store front right in the heart of one of the raddest places in city to skate and live. Located in the heart of the 39th Street District we are Kansas City’s Longboard Headquarters.
Our riders organize sessions in the community and there is very seldom a Sunday that doesn’t go by that we aren’t hosting some kind of event or group ride.
We like to think that every board is pretty. From the graphic, to the cut and the shape, and the grip tape, each and every skateboard deck aspires to at least one person’s idea of beauty. In this installment of Bubbles’ Bustin Blog we got the Bustin decks to strip down out of their pretty illustrations and finishes, to get a look at the beauty behind the boards. Raw, naked, and uniquely beautiful, we’re proud to present: The Bustin Boards!
First up we have the Ibach 37. Sporting a double-dropped platform along with tubby concave and just a touch of w in the middle, this sexy classic has been turning heads ever since it’s complete make-over early in 2013. The new crescent shaped drop gives this vixen it’s curvy look while maintaining a classic straight rail.
For this season, the ever popular Ratmobile has very subtly changed everything. The previous simple rocker / concave shape was scrapped and replaced with a new, innovative, flux-cave design which evolves the concave continuously from tip to tail, meaning that throughout the board you’ll experience grip and concave in ways you’ve never dreamed of, while feeling at home anywhere on the deck. Let the Ratmobile show you how classic can still feel so new!
This little spit-fire came off of the drawing board, out of our heads, and into the world like a whirlwind! The allure of a smaller Boombox from our fans, the anticipation from our team during development, and the hype that’s been building around this deck since the first couple landed in NYC has lead to a Boombastic response to it’s release. No surprise that this little double-kick has no fear of judgment, no photo-shop needed, natural beauty at it’s best!
Brand new and hitting the streets hard this spring, the Ratarang is one sharp, sleek, mean piece of wood that you don’t want to take home to mom and dad… just everywhere else. Don’t let the sharp features fool you, this beauty is just as ready to slash and spin and ride sideways as it is ready to crush that hill that used to look so scary. Just make sure you stay on it’s good side…
Check out these gorgeous decks along with the rest of the line-up (we couldn’t drop that many nudes at once!) on our board finder to find out what they’ll be decked out in this season!
October 12th. The Broadway Bomb. Longboarding’s Biggest Weekend. The Longboard Pride Parade. Whatever you want to call it, the second weekend in October is a pretty important 2 days to anyone who has ever been on a longboard, and to anyone who is interested in being on a longboard, (and as of last year, the NYPD as well!). This year, just like the past 10 years, SOMEone has taken it upon themselves to get the ball rolling on this monumental event yet again!
So! To help welcome the hundreds, maybe THOUSANDS of you coming fresh off the boat (or plane, or train, or car, or skateboard) we’re throwing down the day before, all day long. Join us at 132 Allen Street (home of the Longboard Loft DOT com) with Wheelbase and Push Culture for food, skate, beers for those of you who can get into Lucky Jack’s bar, and an all in all fun time.
Then, once y’all are good and sauced, we’ve got some new footage to show off, and boy is it cool footage. We sent Bruno and Toti over to China for a few months with renown skate cinematographer; Perropro, to capture footage that the western hemisphere just can’t provide. So at 8 pm on Friday night, on a giant screen in the middle of Allen St, we’re going to show you what they came up with!
See you there fools!
The Yoface invasion has begun. Three decks in 3 sizes are available today for a variety of different riding styles, all sporting the same general features for a seamless transition from one deck to another. Skateboarder, longboarder, human rocket ship…whatever you want to call yourself, you can ride one of these decks.
3-D Wheel wells rise up 1/8-inch form the concave, providing comfortable foot locators and enhancing the pockets between the wheel wells and tails without getting in the way during tricks. The added sanded wheel wells help to create over 1/4-inch of extra wheel clearance over your average skate deck.
In most aspect of life, curves are sexy when they have form and function. This is the mantra behind Bustin design. When you look at that picture above, we want one thought going through all of our heads: I want to put my feet in that. We can’t speak for the rest of the world, but this is how we feel about these decks, these curves. This is not some futuristic design before its time. This is now. And it’s awesome!
The details are all over the web. I won’t bore you with too much of that. I will give you a little extra info on setups though, and some of my personal insight that I have taken from the development of these boards, and hopefully that will help people who have some questions in their mind.
The Yoface 32 is officially 31.675 inches long and just about 8.675 (that .675 is 5/8″) wide at the widest point, which is in the very middle of the deck. It’s got a tiny 13.75″ wheelbase with big 6 3/4″ tails. It is a bit short and wide (there are words for that) but this was done to make the board extremely agile and nimble but also comfortable. The deck has tons of pop. David Anders is the best “short boarder” we have in our shop. He does every trick I know exists both regular and switch. Meanwhile he’s teaching me what I keep doing wrong with my kickflips. We lined the Yoface32 up to his favorite deck, and it took him no time to get used to. His ollies are every bit as huge, he’s nailing all his technical tricks, and he’s still ripping it up on our weekly mini ramp sessions. AND he has a new deck of choice, which means a lot to us. His old board is collecting dust (give that thing away already!). It’s good to see him popping frontside flips down the hall on a Bustin.
At roughly 8.5 inches wide, the Yoface32 is ideally fit with centerset skate wheels and approximately 149mm/8.5-inch trucks. We have chosen to offer it with Indy 149s and Gullwing Shadow 8.5″ trucks on our website. There are boatloads of skate trucks out there that will work, though. With the added clearance, popping on a set of 64mm Five-Os for everyday cruising is totally possible without riser. Gotta love that versatility. Smaller trucks have less up and down travel, so you will rarely have any issues with bite on this deck as long as you are smart about setting it up. It’s the easiest “short board” to set up without bite ever!
The 35 is still rolling strong. As a team favorite for 2012, we chose to change only a couple aesthetic details, and we took into account all the feedback we’d gotten on the deck since its release and updated the nose and tail shape. Our riders really wanted to be able to do it all on the board, and rounder kicktails results in easier flip tricks for all you technical riders out there. Having a smaller profile also makes this deck a little lighter and a little more air friendly.
This deck measures in at 9.125″ wide and 34.675″ long, give or take a few thousandths
of an inch. Ideally, it is set up with 9″ trucks. The best trucks we have found for this deck are the Indy 169mm (which actually measure more like 163mm), Gullwing 9″ Shadows and Pro-III trucks, and what we chose to put on our completes, the Polar Bear 155mm. Polar Bears are so low that you can set them up with 1/4″ riser (this is how it will come stock) and it still sits almost exactly as low as an Indy. The plus side, however, is that they are easily one of the strongest trucks on the market, with reinforced bracing built into the design, and the bushings respond very nicely when you tighten them down, so your ride is much more easily adjustable. It’s a win, win, and that’s why they’re our top recommendation. 1/4″ risers, Polar Bear 155mm and some 64mm centerset Bustin Five-Os are like a portable stoke-gasm. Don’t get weirded out about that…it’s a good thing.
Our newest pride and joy is the Yoface39. We hate to play favorites, but we find this to be the most versatile board of the bunch…call us longboarders, I guess, but hey, we like to go fast and stuff! The 39, with its multiple wheelbase options for switching between TKP skateboard mode and RKP go-fast mode, is extremely versatile. As an 8-ply deck, it’s not the most lightweight of the bunch, but the huge nose and tails give it tons of leverage and it still gets up in the air without argument. The nicest thing about doing tricks with a big deck is all the footspace that you have to land on the board once its in the air.
Though your ollie might be a couple inches lower, the 39 makes up for it with more versatility on the speed spectrum. The wheelbases range from 19 to 21 inches. The outermost holes are designed to be used with trucks that bring in the wheelbase a lot, like Calibers or Aeras, for example. Most RKPs will line up on the outer old-school hole pattern and allow the wheels to fall right into the center of the wheel wells. This board is 9.5 inches wide and designed with 180mm-ish trucks in mind. That’s the majority of your downhill trucks, Indy 215s, and we chose to hook it up on our completes with Polar Bear 180mm trucks. Again, 1/4″ riser and you’re good to go and still sitting low. I ride my 39-incher with Bones 54mm skate wheels on the mini ramp and then switch it over to our 64mm Five-Os for everyday cruising/sliding/whatevering. I have hooked it up with my Ronins on occasion and 35mph downhill runs plus high speed sliding felt AWESOME. And yes, the 39 is a boss on the mini. Surf-style all day!
Hope this has been useful and got you pumped for these news decks. We sure are here! We are finding reasons all day long to ride down the hallway to communicate with one another. Yea, we have an intercom system on our phones, but when there’s a Yoface next to you, it’s much more fun to skate 50 feet and attempt a kickflip along the way. They’re getting better every day!
Last thing I wanted to say about these decks is that they’re as reasonably priced as we could afford to make them. We really want everyone who is interested in riding them to ride them, and to do it without fear. They are STRONG decks, but as William Royce said to me after he became the first and only rider to snap the Yoface32, “Welcome to the world of skateboarding.” Go ahead and Click this link for more info, to set up your virtual deck, and to make a purchase. Your feet will thank you later!
Jeff V from Bustin B signing out.